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Wish you were here? Police dogs get their own rep

Police dogs are getting their own welfare rep who will check on their accommodation.

Dog kennels are set for their own visitor ratings at one of the country’s forces.

Leicestershire has started a new inspection service for its police dogs to ensure their welfare needs are being met.

The force’s Police and Crime Commissioner has joined up with animal charity Dog’s Trust to regularly audit standards at its kennels.

Trained visitors will be regularly checking in and will write their reviews of the facilities on offer to send to PCC Rupert Matthews.

Like hotel reviews, they will be checking on the sand, swimming pool, things to do and spaces to visit.

The regulars are just as international as you’d find at any five-star establishment with German and Dutch Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Labradors, Cocker and Springer Spaniels among the breeds that have served with the force.

They deserve the best after carrying out a range of activities from tracking offenders and locating missing people to finding drugs and even digital devices.

The force is confident any potential new residents would bite their arm off for the chance to have those kind of facilities on offer but there’s no word yet on how they will rate nights out with the locals.

But Sgt Jules Lowe from the dog section says the ratings are worth it: "I'm grateful to the volunteers who are prepared to give up their time to visit our kennels and of course a massive thank-you to my kennel team who have all worked extremely hard to maintain high standards of care of our service dogs.

"We are committed to providing the best care possible and recent investment in the kennels has provided fantastic enrichment areas for our dogs. The Animal Welfare Scheme is really important to us and will ensure that our processes are scrutinised to ensure our high standards are maintained."

The first reviews, which following a training day for the assessors, have been glowing.

One of the Animal Welfare Scheme Visitors is Rosemary Hall, an experienced dog owner who is interested in the care and training of dogs.

She said: "It was interesting to hear about the different work done by the dogs and the methods of training which have changed over recent years."

She added: "I decided to take part in the scheme as I have had rescue dogs for the last 20 years and also have been a volunteer walker at rescue kennels. The training session was very informative and I was impressed by the facilities. In fact I think my dog would enjoy a day there!”

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